Bedford Harriers Half Marathon

Any Advice ?

18 messages
13/09/2012 at 12:15
Hi I am thinking of doing this event as my comeback from illness and injury.  Has anyone done this and what did you think ?  Is it very hilly ?  any other info gratefully received.   thanks Alison
18/09/2012 at 11:56

Hi. From what I can remember there are a couple of testing climbs and it's an uphill finish into Wootton where the race finishes. However, it's a well established local race and I'm sure you would enjoy it!


18/09/2012 at 12:16

Thank you Buzzard258,   might give a miss if hills are too testing. Won't help the injuries sadly...... Good luck with your running

18/09/2012 at 22:25

I'm going to enter it as my landmark 25th half.  I wasn't going to until I realised that I'd counted the cancelled Watford half this year so I'm one short.  Go for it Alison, it'll make you feel better when you drink and eat too much over Xmas


10/10/2012 at 16:35
Alison, as a 65year old who hates hills, this course isn't so bad. Hills tend to be long drags rather than steep inclines.
If you have been putting in the miles during your recovery this could be a good run to test your progress.
Good luck ..
25/10/2012 at 22:03
I've entered this. Go for it Alison!
25/10/2012 at 22:13
I might have a crack at this. Cheers.
Dustboy    pirate
28/10/2012 at 00:13

Done ths a couple of times. It's alright.

10/11/2012 at 23:27

First half (of the half) has a couple of longish inclines not too steep but then second half has a delicious long downhill for a couple of miles with a short sharp incline right at finish

29/11/2012 at 19:18

Just entered this

Then San Silvestre Vallecana in Madrid the 31st.

Bring it on!

02/12/2012 at 18:19

hello alison i have run this a few times, always cold, always 2 minutes slower then i want, but always feel great for christmas. i,m in.

03/12/2012 at 13:39

I've done this three times before and am doing it again this year. Very well organised local race. I agree with tom nicholson that the hills are more long drags than steep inclines and there are nice cups of tea at the end as consolation. Probably not one for a pb though.

03/12/2012 at 14:02

its a fab race -

couple of testing climbs, but lots of fun, nice long down hill back before 1/2 slight climb to finish

i'm off sick at moment, otherwise it would have been our 254 th HM

07/12/2012 at 00:04
What about this lovely weather at present. Will the race go ahead?
07/12/2012 at 15:26

These are my Garmin stats from last year for anybody that wants to see the elevation...  Majority of last few miles running downhill...lovely!

The worst hill was the short and sharp at mile 3 (it looks tiny on my Garmin elevation though!)

08/12/2012 at 20:17

Anyone know if you can park near the start as rather not catch the park and ride if I can help it? 

10/12/2012 at 14:26

Good run yesterday and wasn't too chilly once you got going.

Well organised and plenty of marshall support even if there weren't many locals out.

Only negative I could see was once you finished you had to queue up for water as the helpers giving it out seemed really unorganised.

10/12/2012 at 14:38

i had a good run to, last ran in 2007. don,t like kids backpack you can,t us it.

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